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People, Time Magazine, HuffPo & More “Best of 2017” Picks

People Magazine‘s Top 10 Books of 2017

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel

Time Magazine

Fiction (full list)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
TRANSIT by Rachel Cusk

Nonfiction (full list)
THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
THE MEANING OF MICHELLE: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers

Huffington Post‘s Best Fiction Books of 2017

THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong

GQ‘s Best Books of 2017

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in America by James Forman Jr.

Vulture’s (New York Magazine) 10 Best Books of 2017

NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett

Slate (Laura Miller’s) 10 Favorite Books of 2017

THE AGE OF ANGER: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman

Buzzfeed’s Best Fiction Books of 2017

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2017” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

HOORAY! Two nonfiction titles made the New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2017” list and five more (plus two honorable mentions) are New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017!

LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
A former public defender in Washington, Forman has written a masterly account of how a generation of black officials, beginning in the 1970s, wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation’s capital. What started out as an effort to assert the value of black lives turned into an embrace of tough-on-crime policies — with devastating consequences for the very communities those officials had promised to represent. Forman argues that dismantling the American system of mass incarceration will require a new understanding of justice, one that emphasizes accountability instead of vengeance.

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Fraser’s biography of the author of “Little House on the Prairie” and other beloved books about her childhood during the era of westward migration captures the details of a life — and an improbable, iconic literary career — that has been expertly veiled by fiction. Exhaustively researched and passionately written, this book refreshes and revitalizes our understanding of Western American history, giving space to the stories of Native Americans displaced from the tribal lands by white settlers like the Ingalls family as well as to the travails of homesteaders, farmers and everyone else who rushed to the West to extract its often elusive riches. Ending with a savvy analysis of the 20th-century turn toward right-wing politics taken by Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, Fraser offers a remarkably wide-angle view of how national myths are shaped.

Dwight Garner

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